Osho — Summary of Talk 05

Professionals like myself often rely heavily on our intelligence, leading us to perceive life primarily through the lens of intellect, leaving other aspects neglected and life somewhat lackluster.

The crux of the issue isn’t excessive intellectual engagement but rather the underutilization of emotion. Our modern society tends to overlook the importance of emotion, leading to an imbalanced development of personality. When both emotion and intellect find equilibrium, this imbalance is rectified.

Maintaining a proper ratio of emotion to intellect is akin to utilizing both legs while walking. Merely relying on one leg results in stagnation, much like relying solely on intellect without tapping into the wellspring of emotion. True depth and potential are only reached when both wings—emotion and intellect—are simultaneously engaged in harmony.

Don’t fear pushing your intellectual limits. Deep exploration happens when intelligence is at work, stirring your potential. However, superficial intellectual work, lacking depth, often leads to monotony and unenjoyable tasks. Genuine enjoyment stems from challenges that push your individuality, whether it’s the intellect or emotion responding to these challenges, each yielding its unique sense of bliss.

A person’s personality is holistic; divisions within are illusory. Our personality is akin to a flowing energy stream. When energy manifests logically, it’s perceived as intelligence; when it takes an emotional form, it becomes the heart. These two are distinct yet interconnected, guided by the same energy through divergent channels.

Without the presence of the heart, a solely intellectual individual cannot truly relax. Relaxation involves redirecting this energy into a different dimension, allowing the overworked aspects to unwind. Continuously immersing oneself in intellectual pursuits without diversifying energy expenditure leads to incessant mental activity in a single direction, causing boredom.

True relaxation necessitates entering an alternative dimension. For instance, if you’ve been absorbed in scientific problem-solving, switching to reading a novel engages the mind in a passive, receptive mode, providing relaxation through opposing poles of the mind. This harmony between active and passive modes is essential.

Similarly, love operates in a distinct manner, where intellect takes a backseat, making room for the irrational aspects of our personality. The key lies in balance—love, and intelligence must counterbalance each other. This harmony is often elusive in our lives.

Dedicating excessive time to love, while neglecting intellectual pursuits, leads to diminishing returns and boredom. Love, like any pursuit, requires challenge to maintain its enjoyment. Conversely, intellectuals who disregard their emotional side miss out on the richness of life.

Integration of these two facets, the poles of emotion and intellect, births a fully individuated human being. Balancing these essential components, each enriching the other, creates a harmonious and integrated personality.

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